Kannur: A Popular Front leader was detained by the Mattannur police in the evening today. PFI Kannur South District President Noufal C P was arrested following the massive raid conducted in the houses and offices of PFI leaders in Kannur. The arrest was in connection with the violence and attacks during the protests on the day of hartal.
Police held raids in Wayanad, Palakkad and Alappuzha districts too. In Wayanad, machets were recovered from the shop of a PFI worker. In Palakkad town alone, raids were conducted in around 20 regions. Shanghuvarathod, B O C Road, Chadanamkurissy, Kalmandapam, Olavakkod, Parakkunnam, Palli street, Pattikkara, Pezhumkara and Pookkarathottam areas were inspected in detail to find out terror links and activities.
Bank account documents have been recovered from the houses of SDPI leaders in Alappuzha. Raids were also held in the houses of Suneer, SDPI Purakkad panchayat secretary and Najeeb, Ambalappuzha North panchayat member, who were already arrested for the hartal related violence.